Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed his delight with the team’s perfect record after their 4-0 away win at Monaco on Sunday.The French champions recorded their 13th win from 13 in the French top-flight this season as they moved 13 points clear of their nearest challengers.On a night when the assistant referees came under scrutiny, Edinson Cavani scored twice inside 12 minutes, with both goals overturned on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system having been initially flagged for offside.The Uruguay striker used his predatory instinct to complete his hat-trick in the 53rd minute while Neymar scored from the spot just after the hour, following Djibril Sidibe’s careless foul on Kylian Mbappe.Tuchel said, according to Sports Mole:Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“It’s great to have a 13th win in 13 games. It was a great performance.”“We know that Monaco is in a complicated situation, with several players injured.”“We scored two goals quickly, but the first period was more balanced.”“We conceded several opportunities to the opponent. We were more serious in the second half, more structured, and we deserve this victory.”
LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews were able to extinguish a fire that broke out at a metal recycling plant in Lauderhill, early Sunday morning.According to Lauderhill Fire Rescue, the blaze began after machinery erupted in flames at the facility, located near Northwest 11th street and 31st Avenue.After two hours, crews confirmed that the fire was out and cleanup was underway.There were no reports of any injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
TEWKSBURY, MA — Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury) recently announced endorsements from two state representatives.“Having Erin as my Legislative Aide helped my office serve the 2nd Barnstable with the focus and care I campaigned on. Electing Erin Buckley as the State Representative for the 19th Middlesex would be the best choice the communities of Tewksbury and Wilmington could possibly make,” said Representative Will Crocker (R – 2nd Barnstable). “Her experience is unmatched and her dedication second-to-none. I look forward to serving with Erin on Beacon Hill.”“I’ve known Erin for several years through her work as Representative Crocker’s Legislative Aide. She understands the way Beacon Hill works, is great at constituent services, knows many of the key players, and would be a great addition to our caucus,” announced Representative Kevin Kuros (R – 8th Worcester).Buckley resigned her position as Finance Director for the Rick Green for Congress campaign, in order to campaign in Tewksbury and Wilmington full-time.Prior to her position as Finance Director, Erin served as Legislative Aide to Representative Will Crocker (2nd Barnstable), who himself scored a powerful Republican victory in 2016. In her position as Aide on Beacon Hill, Erin learned the challenging in-and-outs of State House politics but also learned of her passion for constituent work. It is that passion for helping those in need traverse through the unfortunate bureaucracy on Beacon Hill that has driven Erin to seek election as State Representative.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Erin Buckley campaign.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Erin Buckley Launches CampaignIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Billerica State Rep. Marc Lombardo Endorses PrinzivalliIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erin Buckley Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”
At least six people were killed and 11 others injured when 11 coaches of the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express derailed on Sunday in Bihar’s Vaishali district, officials said.Railway ministry spokesperson Smita Vats Sharma told IANS: “Eleven coaches of the Seemanchal Express derailed at 3.58am near the Shahadai Bujurg station.”She said that three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were carrying out rescue and relief operations and an inquiry has been ordered into the cause of derailment.The inquiry will be carried out by rail safety commissioner Latif Khan, Sharma added.According to Railway officials, three of the 11 coaches of the train that runs between Bihar’s Jogbani and Anand Vihar in New Delhi, has been damaged.The prima facie cause of the accident was due to a rail fracture at a crossing, the officials added.Rajesh Kumar, the chief public relations officer (CPRO) of East Central Railway (ECR), said the remaining 12 coaches of the train has been moved to the Hajipur station.Few more coaches after which it will move towards Delhi, Kumar added.All passenger trains on the route were cancelled. Union minister of railways Piyush Goyal announced an ex-gratia of Rs 500,000 to the victims’ kin.”Railways would give ex-gratia of Rs 500,000 each to the kin of every deceased. Rs 100,000 would be given to the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered simple injuries. All medical expenses will also be born by the railways,” his office tweeted.In another tweet, the office said that the minister was in touch with railway board members and general manager East Central Railway regarding the accident.Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi condoled the deaths.The ECR has issued helpline numbers.
Share Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT NewsYou may have heard that term ‘heat advisory’ quite a bit during this latest heat wave. It’s a notice the National Weather Service sends out to tell people that they need to take precautions to stay safe in the heat – especially people who work outside.In the Houston area, a heat index of 102 degrees triggers a heat advisory. More heat today with a few showers or storms possible mainly southwest of the Houston metro this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/4QrQZYlVk5— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) July 24, 2018Alex Lyster is a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Midland.“Some places, you know, get hotter. So people are probably a little bit more acclimated to 105 degrees than other locations in the state, and that’s why their threshold is 110,” Lyster said.When it comes to declaring a heat advisory, there’s a sliding scale in Texas – not a finish line. In Midland, Lyster and his team have issued heat advisories each of the past four days, since either the temperature or the heat index hit 105 degrees. But there are other parts of the state where that probably would not merit a heat advisory.“And actually up toward the Red River near Wichita Falls and the eastern Texas Panhandle, that is also 110 degrees for the threshold for a heat advisory,” Lyster says.This isn’t just guesswork, either. Craig Crandall is a professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the director of the thermal and vascular laboratory at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.“The body has a very important capability of adapting to the heat,” Crandall says. “That’s very clear, lots of data. Even the high school football coaches know that. You never work the kids hard on the first day.”Generally speaking, the more often and more intense our exposure to heat, the better we can acclimate to it. So since it tends to be more hot and humid in Houston than, say, the Davis Mountains, you’d expect Houstonians to handle the heat better than those west Texans. It makes sense then that the heat advisory threshold in the mountains is a heat index of 100 degrees, versus 108 in Houston. There is a condition for this to be true though: You actually have to go outside.“But if the person in Houston spends all their time in the air conditioning, and the person in the Davis Mountains spends all their time out hiking, the person in the Davis Mountains is going to be more acclimated than the person in Houston,” Crandall says. “And the person in Houston is going to be at greater risk than the person in the Davis Mountains.”In other words – although there may be theoretical differences in how Texans handle heat – air conditioning is the great equalizer.
Only one radiological modality – mammography – is used today for screening. Yet, as America hurdles toward preventive medicine, screening is where it will be at. Now researchers in Cleveland are floating the idea of using MRI as a standard procedure in annual checkups. This is not the MRI of the present, which sequesters patients inside a superconducting magnet for a half hour or more. This is a quick, radically new kind of MR – the MR equivalent of fingerprinting – that might one day scan whole patients for early signs of cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart disease in just a few minutes. And it can be done on a standard high-field scanner.One of the investigators, Mark Griswold, Ph.D., a radiology professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, says he and his colleagues “had to give up everything we knew about MRI and start over.”Their work appeared March 13 in the online edition of the UK journal Nature, itself a nontraditional way of getting the word out on a radiological development. The president and CEO of Siemens Healthcare North America, which has been underwriting the research, believes this new technique could have broad ramifications for patients in five or ten years.It’s taken a decade for the Cleveland team to get where they are now, doing much of the developmental work on a Siemens Espree 1.5T scanner. Scans done with the new technique reveal a fingerprint of tissue health, Griswold says, comprised of what might appear to be a cacophony of MR signals. These are produced by varying different parts of the electromagnetic fields that the Cleveland researchers use to probe the tissue. The signals carry information about key physical properties of the tissues. The signals are analyzed, quantified and charted to reveal patterns associated with health or specific diseases and their degree of progression.In their Nature paper, the researchers report that MR fingerprinting “provides an alternative way to quantitatively detect and analyze complex changes that can represent physical alterations of a substance or early indicators of disease.”If their preliminary results hold up, MR fingerprinting would be the first truly novel development coming out of MR in decades. And the timing couldn’t be better, given the push for healthcare reform and its emphasis on cost reduction, disease prevention and early treatment. News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Related Content Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | March 22, 2013 MR “Fingerprinting” Promises Quick Screen for Disease Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more
MONTREAL — Air Canada has posted its best ever third quarter financial performance, with record operating income totalling $1.004 billion. The airline’s Q3 net income was $1.786 billion, up from $768 million in Q3 2016.“I am pleased to report that Air Canada delivered its best ever third quarter financial performance,” said Air Canada’s President and CEO, Calin Rovinescu. “These record results underscore the success of the multi-year transformation of our business model. This follows our September 19 Investor Day when we outlined in further detail our accomplishments and the opportunities that lie ahead which, together with more ambitious financial targets for the next three years, have been well received by the investor community.”Air Canada’s financial performance was strong in all key financial measures in Q3, including margins and free cash flow, and the carrier continued to reduce its financial leverage, further lowering the airline’s risk profile, he said.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterPassenger revenue was up 9.1% to a record $4.478 billion, including strong gains in the business cabin. Traffic increased 8.8% while yield improved 0.4%. Yield improved 2.6% year-over-year. In the business cabin system passenger revenues increased $90 million or 13.7% from the third quarter of 2016 on traffic and yield growth of 8.3% and 5%, respectively.Rovinescu added: “I would like to thank Air Canada’s 30,000 employees for their unwavering focus on taking care of our customers in our busiest quarter ever during which we served a record 14 million passengers. And they did so with care and professionalism during a quarter marked by significant disruptions to communities and airports in Western Canada, Southern United States, Caribbean, Mexico and Central America affecting customers and employees alike. The spirit, dedication and compassion of the Air Canada team responding to these situations and making a difference to the lives of so many was a moment of pride for all.” Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Record-breaking Q3 for Air Canada, passenger revenue up 9% to $4.4b Tags: Air Canada, Profit Report Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Travelweek Group
See also: Costa Rican students get the surprise of a lifetime – a trip to NASA“C’mon, let’s go!” Elián Mora shouted with excitement as he raced towards NASA’s Mars Mixed Reality Simulator.His five companions were close on his heels; only moments before, they had been the first people of the day to enter the Kennedy Space Center. The excitement in the group was visible to anyone who saw them. These were not ordinary tourists making the rounds of Central Florida’s theme parks. Each of these young Costa Ricans, part of a group called Los Lunáticos, had overcome backgrounds full of disadvantages and had beaten the odds though their hard work and determination. Now, with technology developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Microsoft, they were about to take a walk on planet Mars.Lunáticos member José André Vega had this to say about his experience on the Red Planet: “I really felt like I was walking on Mars. At that moment I also realized how far we can go if we work together. It was incredible!”The woman responsible for the group’s trip from Costa Rica to Cape Canaveral, Florida: Costa Rican-born Sandra Cauffman, currently Deputy Director of NASA’s Earth Sciences Division. Cauffman, who herself overcome tremendous challenges growing up in the low income San José district of Hatillo, decided earlier this year that she wanted to include young Costa Ricans in the launch of the GOES-R satellite, NASA’s next generation weather satellite.Cauffman reached out to Costa Rican contacts and eventually found the Fundación Monge’s Soy Yo program, whose motivated students were a perfect fit. The foundation made the arrangemens, and the trip became a reality for students Daniel Aguilar, Diana Araya, Celinne Cordero, Valeria Salazar, Elián Torres and José Andrá Vega.Read more: Meet Sandra Cauffman, the Tica directing NASA’s current mission to MarsDue to the recent impact of Hurricane Matthew, the GOES-R launch was postponed (it eventually took place on Nov. 19), but this setback did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Lunáticos, all of whom were traveling outside of Costa Rica for the first time and had been looking forward to their NASA adventure since March.“My goal after I retire is to start a Foundation to connect kids to available opportunities,” Cauffman told The Tico Times. “However, before I retire, there is much I can do from my vantage point. What better way to motivate youth than to make these opportunities available to them? As in everything, this was a team effort between Bruce Callow, the Fundación Monge, and NASA, and our desire to motivate kids and to encourage them to follow STEM careers. So yes, it is unusual, very special, and perhaps improbable for one person alone [to achieve], but through networking and teamwork, everything is possible.”The trip was funded by the Costa Rican nonprofit Fundación Monge’s Soy Cambio program, in which these gifted 17 and 18 year olds are participants. Soy Cambio, whose formal name is the Program of Student Leadership and Employability, works with motivated, low-income students between 15 and 19 years old in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, with plans to expand to Guatemala and Honduras. The foundation provides the students intensive support to help them achieve their academic and professional goals, and training in subjects including English and technology. The group (including the author, back left) hams it up. (Courtesy of Bruce Callow)The students who went to Florida were selected by the foundation in March for the opportunity proposed by Cauffman because of their excellent academic performance over the last few years. Following their selection, the students participated in a variety of activities to further prepare them for the trip. A few Lunáticos students received special preparation through a Fundación Monge-sponsored JumpStart Costa Rica intensive English camp during school vacation in July.Judging by the students’ reactions during their tour, all the hard work was well worth it.“My heart is still pounding. That was an awesome experience,” said Elián Mora as he departed the Space Shuttle Experience. “It really felt like I was in a spaceship! Without a doubt, this is the best day of my life!”This sentiment was shared by the other members of the team who experienced a range of emotions before entering the simulator, ranging from fear to excitement.The Lunáticos had been looking forward to visiting the Space Shuttle Simulator since early in the day and were able to test their skills as Space Shuttle astronauts. Hosted by former astronaut and current NASA administrator Charles Bolden, the simulator recreates the effect of travelling 17,500 miles an hour and is as close as non-astronauts can hope to get to actually flying the Space Shuttle – definitely an unforgettable experience.Next on the agenda was the NASA bus tour to the Saturn V Rocket Center, where the group was transported back to 1968 and viewed the iconic Apollo Flight Center and all of the amazing hardware involved in the Apollo missions.As we drove by Launch Pad 39A on the way back to the main center where the Apollo astronauts blasted off for the moon and Space X currently carries out its launches, I asked student José André Vega what it was that interested him so much about space, and what he had learned so far that day.“The mysteries of the universe amaze me, and we have so much more to discover,” he said. “What impressed me most about the Apollo missions is that despite the terrible tragedy when the three astronauts died, they continued with the program until they successfully landed a man on the moon.”At the end of an intense 11 hours of almost nonstop activities, the Lunáticos were among the last people to exit Kennedy Space Center as the Florida sun slowly set over the historical Rocket Garden, home to some of NASA’s legendary rockets from 1950s and early 1960s. At the end of a day whose recurring theme the students heard over the day was that only by overcoming adversity can one achieve their dreams, the students were already setting their sights on the future.As we reluctantly made our way to the exits I asked Valeria Salazar, one of the members of the group, how she felt about her day at the Kennedy Space Center.“For me it was a dream come true,” she said. “It was something that I had wished for since I was a child. My favorite experiences were seeing Mars, meeting astronaut Jerry Ross and seeing the videos about the launch of Apollo. I learned that if you work hard for any dream you can make them come true.”The Fundación Monge does not accept individual donations, but welcomes suggestions or comments at the email address email@example.com, on their website or through Facebook. Bruce Callow is a Canadian communications consultant and educator who has resided in Costa Rica since 1992. He was the Communications Officer at the British Embassy for nine years. A member of the Globe International Scientists’ Network, Bruce collaborates with Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz and the Central American Space Association (ACAE), and does space education outreach work on behalf of NASA. Bruce helped coordinate the Lunáticos experience at the Kennedy Space Center with the support of Sandra Cauffman and the Fundación Monge. Facebook Comments Related posts:Behind the scenes at NASA: meet Costa Rican space pioneers Meet Sandra Cauffman, the Tica co-directing NASA’s current mission to Mars Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test Duolingo language-learning app hits Costa Rican classrooms
June 11, 2015 526 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Increases in home prices and the stock market pushed household wealth to nearly $85 trillion for the first quarter of 2015, according to the Federal Reserve’s Statistical Release titled “Financial Accounts of the United States” released today.The net worth of households and nonprofits rose increased by $1.63 trillion to $84.9 trillion during the first quarter of 2015. Meanwhile, the value of directly and indirectly held corporate equities increased by $487 billion and home values rose $503 billion.Stocks and pension-fund holdings values increased by $1.07 trillion in the first quarter among Americans and non-profit groups, the Fed report says. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index experienced an increase of 0.4 percent for the first quarter. The index is already up 1.8 percent to begin the second quarter as of yesterday.Household real-estate assets increased by $472.5 billion, according to the data. While owners’ equity as a share of total household real-estate holdings increased to 55.6 percent last quarter.Americans appear to be keeping borrowing to a minimum and evading debt as the report noted that household borrowing was at its lowest rate since the end of 2013. Household debt increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015 totaling $13.6 trillion.Recent mortgage rate and home price increases have many Americans saving the wealth for themselves and being cautious of an ever-changing housing market.In response to the positive Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment data released on Monday, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose above four percent this week for the first time since November 2014. Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), revealed today that the average fixed mortgage rates averaged 4.02 percent for the week ending June 11, 2015.”Mortgage rates rose above 4 percent for the first time since November 2014 as Treasury yields surged,” said Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. “Markets are responding to strong employment data. In May, the U.S. economy added 280,000 jobs. Moreover, job openings surged to 5.4 million in April, up over 20 percent from a year ago.”Last week, CoreLogic, Inc. released its April 2015 Home Price Index (HPI), which showed that home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 6.8 percent in April 2015 compared with April 2014. Month-to-month home prices also increased by 2.3 percent compared with March 2015.These rises will mark 38 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices nationally, according to the index. Home prices increased by 2.7 percent from last year, and 30 states plus the District of Columbia were at or within 10 percent of their peak prices in April.”Old fashion supply and demand, fueled by historically low mortgage rates and improving consumer finances and confidence, continue to push home prices up,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “We expect continued price appreciation throughout 2015 and into next year. Over the longer term, household formation, up by more than one million over the past year alone, will drive down vacancy rates and create tighter housing markets in many metropolitan areas. This should provide the necessary underpinning for rising prices for the foreseeable future.Click here to view the Federal Reserve’s Statistical Release. Federal Reserve Financial Accounts of the United States Home Prices Household Wealth Stock Market 2015-06-11 Staff Writer Fed Reserve: Q1 Household Wealth Up to $84.9 Trillion Share
Some €200m in non-performing exposures (NPE) at the Housing Finance Corporation are expected to be placed under a government debt relief scheme for vulnerable homeowners, it emerged on Friday.The loans belong to 2,000 borrowers, out of the 3,000 who have NPEs, the head of the corporation Andreas Georgiou said.All the loans concern primary residencies.The borrowers initially appear to meet the criteria to enter Estia and have been informed by the organisation, which is also carrying out evaluations of their properties.Georgiou said he expected the process to be completed by the end of March, the month that will see the official launch of the scheme.“Any borrowers who will not take advantage of the scheme and will continue to be indifferent as regards repayment of their loan, but also the other borrowers with NPEs worth €95m … will be pressured into effective and permanent solution that will include foreclosures,” he said.Priority in foreclosures will be given to houses that are not used as primary residencies currently or are still under construction.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
The family of fallen Pentwater firefighter John Sayles and Pentwater Fire Chief Terry Cluchey, as well as family friend Crystal Babbin, joined state Rep. Jon Bumstead at a ceremony at the state Capitol honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.Rep. Jon Bumstead (left) and Sen. Geoff Hansen, with Melanie, Marissa and Mandi Sayles, Crystal Babbin and Pentwater Fire Chief Terry Cluchey at a ceremony honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The ceremony also paid tribute to fallen Michigan first responders and military personnel.“I was honored to have the family of John Sayles, as well as Crystal Babbin and Chief Cluchey with me on this day of remembrance,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “On a day that we remembered not only the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks but also fallen first responders, it was a great honor to pay tribute to John Sayles, who lost his life last year. His dedication to protecting others should be an inspiration to all of us.”Sayles is survived by his wife Melanie and daughters Marissa, Mandi and Mercedy. Melanie, Marissa and Mandi attended the ceremony with Bumstead, which paid tribute to fallen first responders and military personnel from Michigan as well as the victims of the terrorist attack.#### 13Sep Bumstead joined by family of fallen first responder, fire chief at 9/11 ceremony Categories: News
05Apr Fiscally responsible budget approved for community colleges Categories: Bizon News The House Community Colleges Subcommittee on Appropriations last week approved a fiscally sound budget that funds Michigan’s priorities while using taxpayer dollars wisely, state Rep. Dr. John Bizon announced.“The budget for community colleges will continue to give support to Michigan students and their future careers,” said Bizon, of Battle Creek. “Community colleges will also benefit from this fund and taxpayer’s money will continue to provide excellent education opportunities.”Michigan’s community colleges offer over 411,000 students access to affordable postsecondary educational opportunities. Programs provided by community colleges include vocational and technical programs.The community colleges budget bill now advances to the House Appropriations Committee.###
15Sep Lucido: Juror compensation law effective this week Categories: Lucido News,News Legislation submitted by state Rep. Peter Lucido and signed into law in June becomes effective across Michigan this week, giving jurors an improvement in pay and transportation reimbursement for serving in civil and criminal court proceedings.The pay and mileage increases start on April 1, 2018.“It’s about time!” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “When you consider there had been no monetary increase since 2003 to citizens performing their civic duty, this was overdue. That changes this week in a fiscally responsible way that brings no added costs to taxpayers.”Juror compensation increases will only occur when the state’s Juror Compensation Reimbursement Fund (JCRF), which reimburses local and county courts for jury-related costs, has more than $2 million over the two previous fiscal years. The new law calls for the Reimbursement Fund to initiate a software contract to improve the state’s jury management – also at no added cost public cost.The individual juror pay increases are $5. Before today, jurors were paid $25 on the first full day of trial ($12.50 for a half day), increasing to $40 for each following full day and $20 for a half day. The mileage reimbursement improves from 10 cents to 20 cents per mile.“What we were paying even potential jurors is not sufficient to cover the bare essentials for serving, not to mention wages lost from missing work,” said Lucido. “Our citizens’ involvement during the court process is invaluable. The least we could do is make it more reasonable to help offset their costs for being good, responsible citizens.”The full House and Senate chambers agreed by unanimously passing House Bills 4209 and 4210 — now Public Acts 51 and 52, respectively, of 2017.“It’s good for Democrats and Republicans, but most importantly to the citizens who follow through on our court system’s call to serve,” said Lucido, a licensed attorney in Macomb County for 30 years.###
08Nov Rep. Roberts’ career counseling bill signed into law Categories: News,Roberts News Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation by state Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Charlotte) to give Michigan students improved access to college and career counseling.“Education is not a one-size-fits-all approach,” said Roberts. “This bill gives school counselors all of the tools they need to guide students toward the career that suits them best.”Counselors are currently required to dedicate 150 hours of professional development over a five-year period to remain certified by the state of Michigan. Roberts’ legislation sets a standard that 25 of the 150 hours be dedicated to career and technical education (CTE), 25 hours for college preparation and five hours on military-based opportunities to assist in post-high school graduation preparation when working with students in grades 6-12.House Bill 4181, now Public Act 151 of 2017, was approved unanimously by the state Senate and garnered strong bipartisan support in the state House. The state Department of Education, Michigan Association of College Admission Counseling, Michigan College Access Network, in addition to multiple public and intermediate school districts, also voiced their backing of the legislation during committee testimony.“Kids who are preparing for the professional world need to know that there are plenty of different options available to them,” Roberts said. “There are thousands of career opportunities in Michigan’s skilled trade industries. These careers pay well, have great security, and allow recent graduates to kickstart their professional lives right out of high school. This legislation will give students better access to opportunities like these.”Gov. Rick Snyder today signs legislation by state Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Charlotte), during a ceremony at the governor’s office. Among others, the ceremony was also attended by Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair Township), and Stephanie Schafer, who sits on the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors for Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Ingham, and Genesee counties.
16Jan Rep. Whiteford announces January office hours Categories: News State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will host local office hours on Monday, Jan. 22.“Hosting these local meetings helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to people in our community,” Whiteford said. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they may have continues to be one of the most important aspects of my job.”Rep. Whiteford will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, Jan. 229:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Otsego City Hall, 117 E. Orleans St. in Otsego;11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fennville Library, 400 W. Main St. in Fennville; and1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Laketown Township Hall, 4338 Beeline Road in Holland.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times, but would like an opportunity to speak with Rep. Whiteford may call her office at (517) 373-0836 or email MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov.
05Mar Rep. Maddock says governor ought to fund roads with cuts, not taxes State Rep. Matt Maddock of Milford, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, today issued the following statement after Gov. Whitmer announced her state budget proposal:“By proposing a 45-cent gas tax increase, the governor is asking Michiganders to pay $600 more per vehicle every year because there’s nothing in the $57 Billion state budget to cut. That’s just not the case. We owe it to every working family in the state to take this opportunity to locate and identify waste within our budget and fund our roads with that money first, before we grind people down with more taxes. It’s there. We all know it.“Another tax increase is politically lazy. I’m not looking for the easy way out on this. Only after doing our due-diligence by identifying waste within every state department should we even consider a tax increase.”### Categories: Maddock News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 15, 2015; NBC NewsOne issue back in the news this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is voting rights. In 2013, the Supreme Court invalidated the part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required nine states (and parts of six others) with histories of racial discrimination to get federal government approval for any changes they might wish to enact in terms of the conduct of elections. The Justice Department had the ability to review and overrule restrictive voting legislation, such as voter ID laws, in those states. The Court concluded that the formula and the data used to identify the states for election review were out of date.Congressional Democrats pledged to push for an update to the Voting Rights Act to restore those provisions of the act that the Court had overturned, but House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) pronounced new amendments to the legislation unnecessary.“To this point,” Goodlatte said, “we have not seen a process forward that is necessary to protect people because we think the Voting Rights Act is providing substantial protection in this area right now.”Democrats responded with shock to Goodlatte’s conclusion that the Voting Rights Act was strong enough as-is. It shouldn’t have been a surprise. A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act introduced last year by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) never received a vote—even though the Sensenbrenner bill excluded voter ID laws from challenge. The legislation will probably do no better in the new Congress; the Republican dominance in the House is even stronger than it was last year and the Senate has a Republican majority.In what seems an odd way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, five white residents of Dallas County, Texas, sued the county for violating the voting rights of white people. The suit was filed on the plaintiffs’ behalf by the Dallas-based Equal Voting Rights Institute, charging that, “Like something out of the bad old days, a southern electoral body [is] playing naked racial politics, intentionally using its power to minimize a dissenting race’s political sway.”The irony here is twofold:The Voting Rights Act was enacted to protect the voting rights of nonwhites, but it is being used here by Dallas white people.The political body they are concerned about, the Dallas County Commissioners Court, happens to be majority white (three whites, one black, one Latino).The Equal Voting Rights Institute, apparently not much more than a year old, has four board members: Dan Morenoff, the executive director and chairman of the EVRI board who ran briefly for the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) in the 30th Congressional District; Eric Hall, whose LinkedIn bio notes his service as vice-chairman of the Texas Young Republicans PAC; Matt Rinaldi, who ran as a Republican for the Texas House of Representatives; and Chart Westcott, who also ran as a Republican for the House. The Dallas Commissioners aren’t black, but they are Democrats—four out of five. Apparently, in the minds of the EVRI, domination by Democrats, even if they are white, is evidence of discrimination against whites.It is a little bit perverse to see the Voting Rights Act weakened, Congress unwilling to amend and strengthen the law, and a group of Republicans using the Act to complain that a Democratic majority on a county commission constitutes discrimination against whites. What would Martin Luther King, Jr. think?—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
German systems integrator S4M – Solutions for Media is to change its name to Arvato Systems S4M within the next few weeks. Arvato Systems, a subsidiary of arvato AG and a provider of professional IT services, has held an 80% stake in S4M shares since 2006.“Together with all arvato Systems entities our aim now is to be even better prepared to meet the challenges of the future. This includes both improving our market position and boosting our profile by promoting a uniform market presence,” said Manfred Heinen, managing director of S4M. “Under the corporate arvato Systems brand we are able to even better bundle our competencies and support our customers.”
Broadcaster UKTV was the UK’s fastest growing TV network in the first six months of the year, according to data from viewer measurement company BARB.The network, which includes channels Watch, Gold, Dave, Alibi, Yesterday, Blighty, Eden, Home, Really and Good Food averaged a 4.41% share of viewing, up 14% year-on-year. Flagship entertainment channel Watch passed the million-viewer mark 26 times (consolidated year-to-date) and the channel now averages a 0.51% share. Male skewing channel Dave increased its parent channel numbers by 21%, with a growth of 12% in pay homes year-on-year.UKTV, which is operated jointly by commercial broadcaster the BBC and Scripps Networks International, saw the greatest growth from reality TV channel Really, which launched on the Freeview DTT network last August. Its audience reach increased by 997% year-on-year.